Day Of The Dead – a celebration of the Grateful Dead

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4AD / Remote Control Records are pleased to announce the release of Day Of The Dead, a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National.

For both Aaron and Bryce, the Grateful Dead were a gateway to playing music together; the first music the brothers investigated deeply. The two recall their first-ever jam session at 14 years old with The National’s future drummer Bryan Devendorf playing the Dead’s ‘Eyes of the World’ for several hours in Bryan’s attic in suburban Ohio. The brothers were drawn not just to the Dead’s songwriting, but also to the detail, spontaneity, and depth in the instrumentation. A life-long love affair with the Dead, shared with the Devendorfs, was born in those teenage years and crested when The National were invited to play a HeadCount.org fundraiser with Bob Weir in March 2012. The band assembled for this event learned over 25 Grateful Dead songs, and most of those players went on to form the “house band” heard on many of Day of the Dead’s tracks.

The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, and features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long.

More details can be found here.

Thunder (Vol. 1)

01. The War on Drugs  Touch of Grey
02. Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends  Sugaree
03. Jim James & Friends  Candyman
04. Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends  Cassidy
05. Bruce Hornsby and DeYarmond Edison  Black Muddy River
06. Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends  Loser
07. The National  Peggy-O
08. Kurt Vile and the Violators (featuring J Mascis)  Box of Rain
09. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends  Rubin and Cherise
10. Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends  To Lay Me Down
11. Courtney Barnett  New Speedway Boogie
12. Mumford & Sons  Friend of the Devil
13. Lucius  Uncle John’s Band
14. The Lone Bellow & Friends  Me and My Uncle
15. Lee Ranaldo, Lisa Hannigan & Friends  Mountains of the Moon
16. Anohni and yMusic  Black Peter
17. Bryce Dessner  Garcia Counterpoint
18. Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and The National
(featuring Josh Kaufman, Conrad Doucette, So Percussion
and Brooklyn Youth Chorus)  
Terrapin Station (Suite)
19. Angel Olsen  Attics of My Life
20. Wilco with Bob Weir  St. Stephen (live)

Lightning (Vol. 2)

01. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy  If I Had the World to Give
02. Phosphorescent & Friends  Standing on the Moon
03. Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band   Cumberland Blues
04. The Tallest Man on Earth & Friends  Ship of Fools
05. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Friends  Bird Song
06. The National  Morning Dew
07. Marijuana Deathsquads  Truckin’
08. Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends  Dark Star
09. Nightfall of Diamonds  Nightfall of Diamonds
10. Tim Hecker  Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald
11. Lucinda Williams & Friends  Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
12. Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends  Playing in the Band
13. Local Natives  Stella Blue
14. Tal National  Eyes of the World
15. Bela Fleck  Help on the Way
16. Orchestra Baobab  Franklin’s Tower
17. Luluc with Xylouris White  Till the Morning Comes
18. The Walkmen  Ripple
19. Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw and Little Scream
(featuring Garth Hudson)  
Brokedown Palace

Sunshine (Vol. 3)

01. Real Estate  Here Comes Sunshine
02. Unknown Mortal Orchestra  Shakedown Street
03. Hiss Golden Messenger  Brown-Eyed Women
04. This Is the Kit   Jack-A-Roe
05. Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear  High Time
06. The Lone Bellow & Friends  Dire Wolf
07. Winston Marshall, Kodiak Blue and Shura  Althea
08. Orchestra Baobab  Clementine Jam
09. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks  China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
10. Bill Callahan  Easy Wind
11. Ira Kaplan & Friends  Wharf Rat
12. The Rileys  Estimated Prophet
13. Man Forever, So Percussion and Oneida  Drums -> Space
14. Fucked Up  Cream Puff War
15. The Flaming Lips  Dark Star
16. s t a r g a z e  What’s Become of the Baby
17. Vijay Iyer  King Solomon’s Marbles
18. Mina Tindle & Friends  Rosemary
19. Sam Amidon  And We Bid You Goodnight
20. The National with Bob Weir  I Know You Rider (live)

Empress Of releases new single ‘Woman Is A Word’

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LA’s Empress Of today releases new single ‘Woman Is A Word.’

Previously unheard and taken from her recording sessions for her critically acclaimed debut album Me (out on Terrible Records), ‘Woman Is A Word‘ is a deeply personal and political track.

Empress Of explains its genesis: “Sometimes as a songwriter and a human, I feel very restricted by words. One word can have so much social implication, standard, limitation, qualification that it doesn’t give a person their own opportunity to really choose their identity. I wrote ‘Woman Is A Word’ at a time when I felt like the word ‘woman’ put me in a box of things I was capable to do, things that defined me that didn’t necessarily define me.”

Underpinned by Empress Of’s unique brand of avant-R&B, ‘Woman Is A Word‘ is strongly defiant in its ideas of femininity and identity. Listen to it below.

Rostam releases single ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me’

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Singer and producer Rostam releases ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ as a beautiful dance video.

Alongside previously released tracks ‘EOS‘ and ‘Wood,’ ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ is part of a collection of singles Rostam is releasing on XL recordings this year. The video for ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ was co-directed by Rostam and Josh Goleman (who he previously worked with on Ra Ra Riot’s ‘Water’ Music video).

This video was in some ways years in the making,” explains Rostam, “After the release of the Discovery LP in 2009 I began to see people posting videos of themselves choreographing sections of songs from the album. It was then I realised I really wanted to make a dance video.”

The video features dancers Jack Grabow and Sam Asa Pratt, who have posted their own videos improvising dance to Rostam’s music in the past. Catching Rostam’s attention, it was only a matter of time until a collaboration came into the works. The final result is the visually engaging video for ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ which showcases mirrored dance choreography for a symmetrically shot performance on camera.

Lapsley shares ‘Love Is Blind’ video

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Lapsley has shared her stunning video for ‘Love Is Blind.’ The track comes from her debut album ‘Long Way Home’ out now!

Long Way Home documents a turbulent time in Låpsley’s life — a period in which she revelled in her new-found music career as it took her from Liverpool to London to Los Angeles and back again. Of the album, Låpsley says “I think it’s helped me to be able to collect everything for those moments when I’m writing. I think that’s what’s driven this album.”

She had a chat with Brag Magazine about her experience as both a producer and singer. Read the interview here.

ANOHNI shares ‘Drone Bomb Me’

Hopelessness PackshotANOHNI, the singer of Antony and the Johnsons, announces the release of her new album, ‘HOPELESSNESS’, out May 6th on Rough Trade / Remote Control Records. A collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke, HOPELESSNESS is a dance record with soulful vocals and lyrics addressing subjects including surveillance, drone warfare and ecocide. The album seeks to disrupt assumptions about popular music through the collision of electronic sound and highly politicized lyrics.

‘Drone Bomb Me’ is the beautiful yet brutal second single from HOPELESSNESS. As described by ANOHNI, “’Drone Bomb Me’ is a love song written from the perspective of a young girl in Afghanistan whose family has been executed by unmanned U.S. drones. She dreams of being annihilated.” The powerful video for ‘Drone Bomb Me’ is directed by Nabil and features an astonishing performance by Naomi Campbell. Directed by Nabil, art directed and styled by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.

HÆLOS share new video ‘Separate Lives’

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Stereogum has premiered UK trio HÆLOS’ video for ‘Separate Lives’. The new single is taken from their darkly shaded and radiant debut album, Full Circle, out March 18th via Matador / Remote Control.

Made entirely by the band and filmed during their first west coast tour, the ‘Separate Lives’ video gives insight into HÆLOS’ Lotti Benardout, Arthur Delaney and Dom Goldsmith’s lives on the road.

As described by the band, “’Separate Lives’ was one of the last songs we wrote for the record. We wanted it to be a nod towards some of our more gospel and Delta blues influences. It’s a reflection on the moment when you are choosing between staying or leaving and the underlying love that keeps you there. We liked that, it was simple and human and something we could all share experience in.”

Born out of a mutual fascination with the lost hours of a night out – the exhilarating privacy of a cavernous club’s dark pockets and the introspective comedowns that accompany rainy 5am cab rides – HÆLOS create rippling electronic pop that both reflects and soundtracks these moments, each one of their tracks retracing their steps between stress to sanctuary, desperation to relief, darkness into light.

Introducing – Chris Cohen

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Chris Cohen has announced his upcoming sophomore album, ‘As If Apart’, to be released on Friday 6 May via Captured Tracks / Remote Control. In celebration of the announcement, Cohen has premiered ‘Torrey Pine’ the first music to be heard from the forthcoming album via Stereogum.

The project will be Cohen’s first release since his 2012 solo debut, Overgrown Path. Stream the track below and read more on Chris Cohen and ‘As If Apart’ below.

As If Apart, the long-awaited sequel to Chris Cohen’s 2012 soft psych garden of unearthly alter-pop earworms and studio-sonic delights Overgrown Path, follows on its predecessor with another bittersweet ensemble of dreamy, complex songs. Pushing the idiosyncrasies of Cohen’s melodic and rhythmic approach into even more fractured, shifting spaces, As If Apart unsettles lazy pop conventions, upending jaded heads and hearts with an expansive, moody psychedelia. Where Overgrown Path plunged within, As If Apart voyages out. And up.

Sometimes as a leader, sometimes as a sideman and collaborator; sometimes as an invisible musician but you’ve heard him: the chest-high bass drum thump, the tightly paired flight of guitars in odd harmony, the disorienting shift in time and texture that resolves itself into song. Chris Cohen has plied the inside and outside folds of pop musical possibility since at least 1978, when he first set infant drumstick to skin at the tender age of three, initiating decades of sonic experimentation across multiple bands and nearly a dozen recordings.

FKA twigs shares new video for ‘Good To Love’

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FKA twigs has shared a brand new single and video, ‘Good To Love’. The song was originally aired live during FKA twigs’ Soundtrack 7 residency at the Manchester International Festival and is produced by FKA twigs alongside Rick Nowels.

‘Good To Love’ is available to hear right now via a self-directed video below, and will be available across all digital platforms this afternoon, featuring cover photography by Alexandra Horgan.

The release of ‘Good To Love’ follows FKA twigs’ acclaimed 2015 M3LLI55X EP and her 2014 debut album, LP1, for which she recently won two awards at the 2016 Music Producers Guild Awards (for ‘UK Single of the Year’ and ‘UK Album of the Year’).

FKA twigs is also pleased to announce that she will perform ‘Good To Love’ on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this coming Wednesday 24 February.